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Old 08-26-2013, 07:24 PM   #11
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With a K&N panel filter, an FSWerks tune, and an MSD coil with 8.5mm wires, and a very light foot, I get 27-28 mpg "city" (pop. 8000), and 32 mpg on cruise control @ 70 to 75 mph.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:32 PM   #12
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I think I've just got a freaky efficient one. However, my speedometer does read a bit fast, not sure if that affects the odometer as well. Error is only about 3% though.
Yeah I don't doubt that a bit, those are great numbers regardless. Especially given the age and mileage of yours.
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Old 08-26-2013, 09:50 PM   #13
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When I had mine, high 20's around town was the norm. I had one amazing tank on the flats of Wyoming, 37 mpg. It was a purely flat, no turns drive for the entire tank. Never came close again.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:14 PM   #14
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I've had both...the st was more efficient but only slightly... Maybe 1 or 2 mpg
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:40 PM   #15
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The SVT is EPA rated at 18/21/26. Which is total crap. Here's a link to my Fuelly account, browse around on that site to get a good idea of what they're capable of MPG-wise: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/swansong43/focus-svt

I average 28.8 mpg. My worst tank (other than a troubleshooting session) was 25.6 mpg. My best was 36.6 mpg. This is with a few mods that may or may not help mpg's: Borla exhaust, HFC, K&N filter, Tom's Tune. I buy E0 gas when I can, 91 or 93. I typically shift around 3-4k rpm, and will blast it up to redline every few days. I accelerate faster than the average car in my area. My commute is a very gas friendly 11 mile drive with 45 and 55 mph speed zones.

Using this comparison on the fueleconomy.gov website, it looks like if you drive 15k miles a year at 50/50 city/hwy, the ST will save $450/year over the SVT.

Hope that helps!
My results are pretty similar. I typically shift in the 3-4.5k range on my daily 45 mile commute to work with a mix of city and highway driving. My mods are in my Sig below. I also typically recline it several times a week through the first couple gears. I average 300 miles a tank pretty easy running 93 octane. My best tank has been up into the 330s and lowest in the 275-280ish range. I originally was a little hesitant for the same reasons you are but I must admit I have been very pleased with these results and absolutely love the SVT! Hope this helps.
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Old 08-27-2013, 12:44 AM   #16
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I just got 350miles on a tank. Every day to day I get at least 26 mpg but all highway i see more like 31 -32mpg. Which I like a lot since this car was bought as a commuter since my jeep gets like 10mpg.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:07 AM   #17
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My window sticker for my 04' says the highway mileage is 28mpg's for that model year. The other model years had that 26mpg rating which I found out at FocusFest when I saw someone else window sticker. Probably has something to do with the factory tune since it had a couple of revisions. On the trip to FocusFest my first tank of gas was 35.9mpg every tank after that was 29-28 consistently and that's doing 70-85mph at times, all highway. Around town I usually get 22-24mpg's but I work very close to home but it's right on where it should be, cause my other focus gets the same mileage on the same drives to and from work. I also don't baby it either but I'm not running the piss out of it except on occasions when I feel the need for speed. I also shift around 3-3.5k rpm, seems like the SVT like it right there, and even in the book it says to shift at around this rpm's (in the book they go by speed which puts the RPM's in this range). Which makes sense since the cams are like a stg 4's compared to a normal zetec cam.

If you want performance and mileage don't count the ST out. The 2.3l is an amazing motor and very capable of getting great hp and tq out of it in n/a or turbo form, where as the SVT is already maxxed out and the only next step is F/I.
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I drive a little over 100 miles a day, mostly highway. I'm cruising at an average of 70+ on the highway and I get an average of 30-32 with mine. I have hit 33+
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Old 08-29-2013, 11:54 AM   #19
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With a K&N panel filter, an FSWerks tune, and an MSD coil with 8.5mm wires, and a very light foot, I get 27-28 mpg "city" (pop. 8000), and 32 mpg on cruise control @ 70 to 75 mph.
basically what I get with similar mods
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:12 AM   #20
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I typically get 29-32 depending on the route I take to and from work. Vacation I got 34 mpg mixed highway and city but mostly highway. That was with my all stock hood and front valence. Recently picked up a new hood and bumper so we shall see
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